When you first began at CK Family Services, you were greeted with the words, “We are people united through God to enhance the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of at-risk children and families,” but do you know what that means? 


Every word in our mission is full of intention, but familiarity can make it feel like white noise. So, let’s get to the heart of why we’re here.


To start, “we are people united through God” encompasses everyone that touches the lives of our families and children – directly or indirectly. Foster families, accounting, church partners, and more, we are united through God for this mission.


Next, “enhanc[ing] the physical, emotional and spiritual well being” is in that order for a purpose. When a trauma cycle is introduced the first to go is spiritual well being, second is emotional, and third is physical. 


When we come in we first meet the physical need – finding a safe home, accessing medical services, food, etc. Second, we confront emotional needs. That may look like teaching coping skills, doing bonding exercises, or simply listening to our children in care. Third, is the spiritual need. We put our faith in God, pray intentionally, and produce the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).


In simple terms, “the fruits of the spirit gives us our superpowers,” (Daniel Lund, COO).


Then our mission concludes with, “of at-risk children and families.” “At-risk” just means we work with “families that need a hand-up,” (Karen Lund, founder). Although we primarily focus on children, we recognize the whole family is just as important in the healing process.


All this can be boiled down to our two core values – faith and family. When God comes first, family second, and work third, you can remain balanced and energized.


“Everybody has a part to play – the fact that you’re here and on the team makes you important. Every positive outcome includes our village of like-minded people” said Daniel Lund.


The next time you read our mission let it encourage and remind you, why you’re here and why it matters.